Monthly Archives: May 2010

Umami Smash

There’s a burger that can only be seen from 5-7pm Monday-Friday at the Hollywood Umami Burger

I don’t think I’m allowed to talk about it here.  So I won’t. 

Just sit down at the bar, look your bartender squarely in the eye, and say

“Smash Burger”.

If you like Umami Burger, you’ll like it smashed.


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On a hot Saturday, a few weeks ago, Chuck surprised me with an adventure.  He told me to put some walking shoes on, I laughed and slipped on some strappy cork wedges, and we drove deep into East LA.  To the Metro station. And, my day was made right then and there, I didn’t care what else was on the agenda. Fortunately for you all, it got even better from there.  We boarded the train and rode rather aimlessly, through tunnels, over bridges, and made it to Grand Central Station, where the May Day protesters were filling up the station on the way home from a day of rallying against racism.  I felt bad for my lazy social in-activism, so when Chuck suggested we drown our underachieving selves in a cocktail, I was more than happy to oblige.  Traxx was closed for the weekend, so we hopped on the red line and made our way out to the spankin’ new W West Hollywood

GOOD idea. The train station empties out right onto Hollywood Blvd, and what did we find sitting right before our eyes…? Well none other than the W’s Delphine Eatery & Bar

Perfecto!  Beer me, barman!!!

We wanted to stay light, what with it being a Saturday–the Lord’s day of feasting, and all–so we opted for some charcuterie, cheese, and oysters. 

Ding, ding, mothaeffing, ding.


Everything was amazing, and I cannot wait to go back. The sandwiches, steak frites, and every damn thing else looked so great that I want to take a bite out of this keyboard just thinking about it.

Good with the bad: there was one pretty damn douchey guy at the bar while we were there.

But other than that, it was the perfect lazy Saturday, take a trip on the train, kinda day.


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The Dining Room

This is one looooong overdue post, but, get off my back, okay?!?! At least they’re here!!!

This, my friends, is Top Chef Michael Voltaggio’s amazing Dining Room at the Langham Pasadena.  The Chuckster took me for Valentines day this year, and I really, honestly had no idea where we were going until we headed North on the 605…Pasade…OHMYGOD ARE WE GOING TO THE DINING ROOM!!!!!! I couldn’t stand it, I was so excited.

And it lived up to every single hope I had.  From the waiter, to our sommelier, all the way to The Man, Chef V himself–everybody was warm, happy, welcoming, accomodating, and fantastic.  Just like the food, which I can honestly say is THE best meal I’ve ever had. 

I’ll give you the pics and their descriptions right off the menu, because I can’t do them any more justice than the man with the honey dipped hand, himself did. 

And so, I give you…

The Dining Room, by Michael Voltaggio

 Bacon Roll and Truffle Roll, served with French and Goat Cheese Butter



 Hendricks and Cucumber Cocktail Amuse


Octopus with Buttered Popcorn, Piquillo Confetti, Cilantro


Foie Gras with Apple, Saffron, Marcona Almond, Aerated Brioche

(The absolute BEST Foie Gras I’eve ever had in my life)


Langoustine with Young Fennel, Porcini Mushroom Lasagna


Kurobuta Pork Belly with Bok Choy “Kim Chi”, Kabocha Squash Preserves, Peanut Butter Noodles


 Pastrami Pigeon with Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, Rye



 Jameson Farm Lamb with Vadouvan, Nori-Spaghetti Squash, Yogurt, Fried Rice


Wagyu Short Rib with Smoked Potato “Tots”, Nantes Carrots, White Ketchup 



Chocolate Covered Strawberries 



 Lavender Flower Macaroon

Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta, Vanilla-Passion Sorbet, Floral Cotton Candy



Fools Gold

Chocoalte, Salty Hazelnut Praline, Milk Sorbet



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Bottega Louie

Um…I don’t know how to say this nicely, so I’m just gonna say it…


Phew…I had to get that off my chest…I just…I don’t like the food. It’s just…generally…bland.  I mean, if you invite me, chances are good that I’ll go, get bourbon drunk, and never mention the fact that I’m choking on my chicken.  So…It’s not the worst meal I’ve ever had…I guess…

But look at these beautiful pictures!!!

Beet Salad



 My best friend Robin’s crazy custom salad with no dressing, no salt, and only raw veggies.




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